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Digitalism @ Wild Knight

Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi don't simply juggle electronic beats. In fact, the EDM artistry unleashed by the German-born duo Digitalism is more akin to beat alchemy than anything else: They don't just polish up a steady stream of Ableton output, but instead slice, dice, mash, blend, and twist electro fuzz and set it loose amid a four-on-the-floor soundscape filled with dance-punk flourishes, high-energy house, and occasional jags of cyborgian vocals in the style of their heroes (and fellow Europeans) Daft Punk. No doubt you've already heard this coming through your HDTV's speakers if you've played Saints Row: The Third or Need for Speed: ProStreet, both of which featured Digitalism's 2007 track "Pogo." Such injection of the duo's music into the console gaming world seems only natural, given the raw, throwback warbles of songs such as "Zdarlight" and "Forrest Gump" (the latter of which was co-written by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes), off their newest studio album, 2011's I Love You Dude, which sounds like it was born from a Nintendo. Digitalism's work is also capable of a more complex sound, such as the other tracks off the 10-track album, such as "Antibiotics" and "2 Hearts," which are made even better by Moelle's vocals.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.